May 312013

On certain days, our city has ‘big trash pick up’. People can put big things (furniture etc) out on the curb and it’ll get hauled away. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that I could do a rendition of dumpster diving on those days and score some (potentially) sweet junk.. uh, I mean treasures. Yesterday was a big trash pick up day. And I scored.


Can you guess what I picked up? Take a look at the before picture…


Up the street from us, the neighbors were throwing away a broken dresser. Two of the drawers were still in decent shape (never mind the spray painted finish). So I stopped and got 2 drawers. While the other neighbors watched and probably thought I was a crazy lady hoarder. The car was piled full of other finds. Gabe said to me, “Mommy, why are you getting people’s twash?” And then as I was trying to fit the second drawer he said, “Mommy’s der’s no woom (room) in my car!”

I had a sample jar of paint from Home Depot. There’s a section at HD that sells ‘oops’ paint. Sometimes I check that out and get little jars of sample paint for 50 cents. They’re perfect for small projects. So I cleaned the drawer and painted it a nice mustardy yellow. Since it’s flat paint, I plan to seal it with some wax.

Then I cut strips of felt and hot glued them to the bottom of the drawer, so it would slide on the floor without scratching it up.


I used dark gray felt. I had that and white. Dark gray won’t show the dirt as much. You can see that I wrapped it around the under side of the drawer. You really can’t see it when the’s drawer’s right side up on the floor.


The drawer fits perfectly under his bed. And it slides easily and smoothly on the floor. (You can already see a footprint over on the bottom left side. I’ve got to seal it with wax before it gets all sorts of grimy.)


For now, the drawer holds diapers and some shoes. I’m sure it’ll fill up more and become a catch all in his room.


The project cost $0 (the drawer was free and I had the paint, felt and hot glue). I’d like to change out the handles for cute knobs. Maybe eventually. The second drawer will go under our bed, when it gets cleaned and painted. (I originally planned to use both of the drawers under his bed, but they won’t both fit.) Not too bad for a zero dollar project, huh? Do you have under the bed storage?

(And, in the spirit of full disclosure, if you’re wondering if Gabe’s room always looks so neat and tidy, the answer to that is a resounding no. Definitely not. The nice thing about taking pictures is you can shove the toys/clothes/shoes out of the shot and pretend everything looks neat and organized. I even went so far as to take the mesh side rail off the bed, because it distracted from the cute yellow drawer. Full disclosure!)

Have a great weekend!

 May 31, 2013  Posted by at 17:17 before and after, diy

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  1. Great recycling project. If you have carpeted floors, casters could be added to the bottom of the draw to make rolling in and out easier.

  2. Love it! Stealing this idea…

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